The Music or Space Shuttle? braintrust rolls out its top albums of 2013 this week! Today we start with our individual picks for #11-20, with playlists sampling each group of 10. We’ll reveal our top 10 throughout the week, culminating with our top pick on Friday, Dec. 20.
20. Ejecta, Dominae
19. Lily and Madeleine, The Weight of the Globe
18. Savages, Silence Yourself
17. Thee Oh Sees, Floating Coffin
16. Free Time, Free Time
15. Ducktails, The Flower Lane
14. Swearin’, Surfin’ Strange
13. Deap Vally, Sistronix
12. Small Black, Limits of Desire
11. Bleached, Ride Your Heart
20. Best Coast, Fade Away
19. Ashley Monroe, Like a Rose
18. The Field, Cupid’s Head
17. Four Tet, Beautiful Rewind
16. Thee Oh Sees, Floating Coffin
15. Cut Copy, Free Your Mind
14. Haim, Days Are Gone
13. Veronica Falls, Waiting for Something to Happen
I was a bit put off by the first single from the album, “Vomit.” Grudgingly, I listened to the rest of the album and found a great rock record. I guess you can still make a good record with guitars, drums, and distortion. The song “Die” is a great example.
Chris: Cut Copy, Zonoscope
This album was the early pacesetter for 2011. I eventually favored other releases, but I still enjoy going back to songs like “Take Me Over” for the 458th time.
Synth-pop at its best. At times sounds like it could be some long-lost 1980s new wave record. The song “Where I’m Going” also received my award for “Best use of Oohs and Yeahs in a Song or Soundtrack.”
Chris: Class Actress, Rapprocher
This album is much like my #3 album: strong songs released well in advance of album, and then album drops and I’m pleasantly surprised with overall quality. Singles are great, but I’m sampling Track 2, “Love Me Like You Used To,” a great “headphones” song.